Each week during the 2010-11 school year, The Merciad selects three stories about the college’s history. These story excerpts from our archives are posted to http://merciad.mercyhurst.edu on Thursday afternoons.
Tri-college meeting: calendar rumor explained
Friday, Sept. 27, 1974
On September 20th, representatives of Mercyhurst, Villa and Gannon Colleges met at Gannon to discuss the possibility of a common academic calendar for the three colleges.
At the meeting, a representative for each College spoke on that college’s academic calendar, pointing out both the advantages and disadvantages of their particular system. After the presentations, a discussion followed and the meeting was adjourned.
The members of the Tri-College Consortium have agreed in principle that a common calendar would be beneficial to the success of cooperative programs between the three colleges. At the present time, students who wish to take courses at other member Colleges in the Consortium must deal with the problems that come up because the colleges work on different calendar systems.
Villa and Gannon work on an academic calendar which is composed of two fourteen week semesters. During those semesters, students carry a course load of four courses. An Intersession takes place between the two semesters.
College Registrar Tom Billingsley did not feel that a move toward a common calendar should be automatically interpreted as a change in Mercyhurst’s calendar.
“If anything, it might be possible that we could show Villa and Gannon how attractive the three semester system is…or we could arrive at some compromise that would retain the best parts of both calendars.”
In closing, both Billingsley and Dean William Garvey indicated that Mercyhurst would not act suddenly on this matter.
Flooding causes widespread damage
Thursday, Sept. 26, 1996
By Chris Wloch
Last Tuesday, the continuous, heavy rainfall caused widespread flooding all over the Mercyhurst campus. According to Maintenance Supervisor Bill Kerbusch, “It will be a couple of weeks, maybe a month before we have a fairly decent estimate for the amount of damage we sustained monetarily.”
The price tag for the destruction around campus will include the cost of the new carpeting in at least four apartments, a replaced ceiling in another, fixing the landscaping around campus and the hiring of works from outside agencies to aid in the overwhelming amount of cleaning and repair work that needed to be done.
Water soaked the floor in many buildings including the south side entrance hallway in McAuley, Wayne Street, the Gym Lobby, the Cafeteria, the Towers stairwell in Old Main, several offices, classrooms and the equipment room in the D’Angelo School of Music, the Performing Arts Center, and the basements of the Library, the Little Theatre, Preston, Old Main, Zurn, and Baldwin where the flooded boilers caused a lack of hot water until around midnight.
Maintenance crews also responded to President William Garvey’s house, where there was three inches of water in the basement, according to Kerbusch.
Kerbush has not yet assessed the damage to the grass in the Grotto where mud sliders rode a stream of water down the hill.
Mercyhurst crushes Gannon
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007
By Kyle Craig
One of the biggest and most important words in all of sports is the term rivalry. Sports, especially collegiate and high school athletics, have given great meaning to the word.
This weekend, the Mercyhurst College football team battled cross-town rival Gannon University for bragging rights as well as the coveted Niagara Cup.
The Lakers put together a solid second half, dominating the Golden Knights 49-28.
This marks the first time since 1992 that the Lakers have started the season at 4-1.
Seven minutes and 22 seconds into the first quarter Mitch Phillis hit Neil Apfelbaum for three yards, capping off a 26-yard drive.
“Scoring the touchdown against a big rival such as Gannon was amazing; it was the best feeling in the world,” Apfelbaum said. “There is nothing quite like quieting the home team’s fans with a touchdown.”
The second half of the game turned out to be a Mercyhurst clinic as the team picked up their game, showing Gannon its true form.
The Lakers will look to improve their record to 5-1 on Saturday against Ashland.